Dear OSHRM Members and Guests,
I want to thank the Education Committee and our sponsors for making our May conference a success! I would also like to thank the attendees for your support. I am honored to be your President for 2017-2018 but I couldn’t lead this group without the support of our OSHRM Board, members, sponsors, and supporters.
I am the Quality Assurance Manager for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and have been with the organization for over 5 years. We provide outpatient primary care, dental, and mental health services as a Federally Qualified Health Center with a target population of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. I want you to know that OSHRM is not just for hospital-based professionals so I welcome those in any care setting to join us. Anyone who works in patient safety, compliance, quality, risk management, and clinical operations is welcome and would likely find our organization to be an invaluable resource.
I have been working in Quality and Risk Management for 9 years. Prior to that time, I worked in disease management and also as a psychiatric RN. I joined OSHRM 4 years ago and I have found the organization to be very helpful for accomplishing my day-to-day responsibilities as well as for those “once in a career dilemmas” where I need guidance. Our educational luncheons and conferences have provided me with a wealth of information and OSHRM’s networking opportunities have put me in touch with friendly and knowledgeable professionals who are just a phone call or an email away.
Thanks to the work of our Past President, Katie Veeninga, we have been able to accept sponsorships through our website and to include sponsor recognition on the website as well. We have also developed a partnership with the Oregon Patient Safety Committee that we believe will be beneficial. Katie has laid the groundwork for expanding sponsorship so that OSHRM can thrive.
Moving forward, I would like to see us expand our membership so that we can continue to learn from each other and to keep our healthcare organizations safe, proactive, ethical, compliant, and financially sustainable. I would like to direct more of our efforts toward further expanding sponsorship, as well.
We understand that our members are our strongest asset and encourage any feedback, suggestions, guidance or assistance you would like to provide as we move forward. Please contact me at any time at [email protected].
Take care and I look forward to seeing you at American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s (ASHRM) Annual Conference in Seattle on October 15-18, 2017.
Jamie Letter, BSN, MA
OSHRM President, 2017-2018